Each day hundreds of people find themselves struggling with loneliness, depression, or suicidal feelings, and they turn to Samaritans in search of the respectful, non-judgmental support that has been the cornerstone of our services since 1974. Some have been dealt life circumstances they feel unable to face alone. Others may be considering suicide and seek support to get through a frightening and painful time. Whatever the challenge or struggle, those who are suicidal or despairing can find something at Samaritans that we all need from time to time: a caring, compassionate person, someone who provides emotional support and shares their burden.
Who are Samaritans’ Crisis Services Befriending Volunteers?
Our 24/7 Crisis Services are staffed mainly by trained volunteers, including teenagers ages 15 – 18. Samaritans’ volunteers come from all walks of life: they are working people, students, professionals; they are teens (15 years and older) and they are retirees; they come from a variety of cultural, educational, and religious backgrounds.
While they do not necessarily share any particular prior experience or training, Samaritans share a deep respect for human life and a desire to reach out to those in pain. Samaritans build on these in an extensive training course, learning the skills necessary in work as a befriender. Most befrienders find that their work quickly becomes an important part of their life. Few things can be as rewarding as knowing that you were there when someone needed you most. The more trained volunteer befrienders we have, the more people we can serve. It’s as simple as that.
How Do I Get Involved?
Come to a Volunteer Information Session at Samaritans, where you’ll learn more about our programs, philosophies and practices. You’ll also have the opportunity to fill out a volunteer application and meet with a Samaritan staff member or volunteer. Call us today at 617-536-2460 or follow the links in the orange box on the right hand side of this page to submit your information online and you will receive a follow-up email with more information about next steps, including a list of dates for upcoming Volunteer Information Sessions.